Sheringdale primary pupils have safer route to school

Published: Thursday 11th June 15

Work to improve road safety on the approaches to a popular primary school in Southfields has now been completed.

A 20 mph limit has been introduced in Standen Road near the entrance to Sheringdale School, while raised carriageway tables have also been installed at the junctions with Balvernie Grove and Bowman Mews.

These are designed to reduce traffic speeds and increase visibility for both pedestrians and drivers. They also provide step free crossing points for parents with buggies and for wheelchair users.

Signage and carriageway markings have also been upgraded to alert motorists that they are approaching a school.

Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We believe this package of safety measures will really help local parents and pupils who attend Sheringdale, especially as quite significant numbers walk to and from school each day.

“The changes will of course also benefit other local residents by slowing down vehicle speeds in this area of Southfields.”

Sheringdale is an “outstanding” school according to education inspectors from Ofsted, who praised its “outstanding teaching” which they said “ensures that pupils make rapid progress and achieve exceptionally well whatever their starting points.

In a report published last year Ofsted also noted that “standards at the end of Year 6 are significantly above average in reading, writing and mathematics,” and that “leaders and managers have ensured that teaching and pupils’ achievement are outstanding across the school”.

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When the consultation for the new school on the Atheldene site took place there was some promise of a new crossing, to make life safer for the pupils living west of the new Floreat Academy. A new pedestrian “humped” crossing for Emanuel pupils has been installed near at Spencer Park entrance. Surely it is time for Wandsworth Council to establish a similar one on the much busier Garratt Lane (A217) – that will be in use by much more vulnerable children. 4 and 5 year olds in September of this year.
Celia Blair

11 June 2015

When the consultation for the new school on the Atheldene site in Earlsfield took place there was some promise of a new crossing, to make life safer for the pupils living west of the new Floreat Academy. Today I saw that a new pedestrian “humped” crossing for Emanuel pupils has been installed near the new Spencer Park entrance. Surely it is time for Wandsworth Council to establish a similar one on the much busier Garratt Lane (A217) – that will be in use by much more vulnerable children. Very soon the new school will be in use with its first intake of 5 year olds and younger.
Celia Blair

11 June 2015